Southern Oregon Trail Skills College

Clearing logs and having fun at the 2019 Southern Oregon Trail Skills College. Photo by Mick Mc Bride.

2021 Southern Oregon Trail Skills College

The Southern Oregon Trail Skills College is a free weekend event for volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Intro to Trail Maintenance, Basic Saw Crew Training and more.

Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending the training, we encourage you to volunteer at least 16 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year.

The 2021 Southern Oregon Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

When is it?

July 17-18, 2021

Where is it?

Courses will take place in the vicinity of Hyatt Lake.

How much does it cost?

Trail Skills College is free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

No. Unlike in years past, the 2021 Southern Oregon Trail Skills College will not have a central basecamp, meals or lodging.

Most courses will be single-day events, typically from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level of the field sessions will vary depending on the classes you select during registration. However, all participants should be prepared to hike a minimum of 1-2 miles while carrying personal gear and tools. Participants should also be prepared for the hands-on learning opportunities in many of these classes, resulting in 6 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

Three classes are being offered at the 2021 Southern Oregon Trail Skills College: Intro to Trail Maintenance, Basic Saw Crew Training and Advanced Tread/Drainage. Each session will follow enhanced Covid-19 safety protocols.

Saturday, July 17:

  • Intro to Trail Maintenance
  • Advanced Tread/Drainage Day 1

Sunday, July 18:

  • Intro to Trail Maintenance
  • Basic Saw Crew Training
  • Advanced Tread/Drainage Day 2

How do I register?

Registration is closed.

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews don’t require any previous trail maintenance experience. Knowledgeable and experienced crew leaders are on site to teach you the necessary skills.  Visit PCTA’s online schedule to find trail projects near you.

If you have questions about Trail Skills College, contact PCTA’s Volunteer Program at 916-285-1838 or [email protected].


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